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July 23, 2013 8:37:30 PM

How's it going guys?
well, i'm planning to set up a new mATX sistem for gaming, and as i love your opinion, i would like some help on the specs and etc. Here they are:

-PSU: corsair enthusiast 650W
-Processor: i5 3570k
-MoBo: Asus p8z77-m
-VideoCard: msi GTX 780 twin frozr
-Memory: (2x4gb) 8gb corsair vengeance
-HDD: Western digital 1tb; Samsung 840pro 128gb ssd
-Case: Cooler master elite 120 (this is where i need the most help, i don't know if this is a good mATX case for my purposes, i would like some recommendations [please keep the budget up to 100us$])

I want it for gaming only, i am not overclocking the cpu for now, but in the future i wish to add a h60 and maybe some small overclocking, but i would like the gpu to keep low temps so it can overclock itself with the turboboost 2.0.



Took a look arround and found this case: Fractal design node 314

http://www.amazon.com/Fractal-Design-Mini-ITX-Computer-...

looks really cool and clean, will it suit my needs?

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a c 280 4 Gaming
July 23, 2013 8:53:14 PM

Well...there's a difference between mATX and mini-itx. mATX is a bit bigger than mini-itx and the Cooler Master Elite 120 is a mini-itx case so the motherboard won't fit. Again, the Fractal Design Node 304 is also a mini-itx case.
These are great mATX cases:
Corsair 350D: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-cc9011028ww
Fractal Design Arc Mini: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcaar...
Silverstone TJ08B-E: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/silverstone-case-tj08be

Or if you want to go with the mini-itx case, this is a great motherboard: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz77...

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a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2013 9:02:42 PM

The elite 120 case fits only a smaller ITX motherboard, and your motherboard is M-ATX which is larger so it won't fit.

If you want a small case for portability, like to lan parties, that is one thing.
If you want M-ATX for the budget, or just want a smaller tower, that is another.

For the M-ATX situation, I might suggest the Silverstone TJ-08E which I use.

Or.. if you change to a ITX sized motherboard, I suggest the lian li Q08 aluminum case for portability.
http://www.amazon.com/PC-Q08B-Black-Aluminum-Mini-ITX-C...
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July 23, 2013 9:17:43 PM

realchaos said:
Well...there's a difference between mATX and mini-itx. mATX is a bit bigger than mini-itx and the Cooler Master Elite 120 is a mini-itx case so the motherboard won't fit. Again, the Fractal Design Node 304 is also a mini-itx case.
These are great mATX cases:
Corsair 350D: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-cc9011028ww
Fractal Design Arc Mini: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcaar...
Silverstone TJ08B-E: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/silverstone-case-tj08be

Or if you want to go with the mini-itx case, this is a great motherboard: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz77...



Thanks, to both of you guys. Helped out a lot, kept me from making a huge mistake, LOL.
So... i decided to go with the 350d case and mATX board instead of the mITX. The case looks outstanding and seems to be able to fit the hardware. Peace!
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